We all look forward to Memorial Day Weekend. It's the official start of summer after all!
But, It's also a time for us to honor and commemorate our service members, vets and fallen heroes.
This morning I watched the Rolling Thunder make their annual voyage (it's the ride's 30th anniversary!) to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. A sight to see! And an amazing display of patriotism.
What's Rolling Thunder?
From their website: 'The Rolling Thunder Run mission is to educate, facilitate, and never forget by means of a demonstration for service members that were abandoned after the Vietnam War. Rolling Thunder has also evolved into a display of patriotism and respect for all who defend our country.'
How are you honoring our nation's heroes this weekend? Tweet us your pics @Unplug_Hug with the hashtag #UnplugHug. Or, share your photos on our Facebook page.
It’s official! Summer’s here! But, before we dive into the pool and fire up the grill, let's take a moment to honor the amazingly brave folks, past and present, who have served our country to make this day possible.
At Unplug & Hug, we are so honored to have generations of service members in our families who served (and continue to serve) proudly and bravely. From brothers to fathers to uncles to grandparents to cousins, here are some of the people we know and love - who dedicated themselves to the great US of A.
A brother who served in Iraq and lost his life before serving in his second tour.
A dad who served in the Army during the Vietnam War.
A step dad who served his country proudly and honorably as a Marine.
An uncle who flew refueling jets in Vietnam.
A grandfather who served in the Philippines during WW2.
A grandfather who served as an instructor in the Army Air Corp during WW2.
A great uncle who lost his life as a rifleman and skier in the Italian Alps during WW2.
We talk a lot about unplugging so that we can connect with family, friends and the world around us. But disconnecting also helps us to reconnect with ourselves - physically, emotionally and spiritually. That’s why I’ve incorporated Pilates, meditation and essential oils in my life.
So, how do I “hug” myself?
I practice Pilates.
I started practicing Pilates because I was looking for an exercise program to support my cardiovascular health, strength, endurance and flexibility. (And let's face it, I needed a way to get back in shape after having my daughter.) Additionally, because I have lower back pain and sciatica, I also needed an activity with therapeutic properties.
Practicing Pilates, I realized an additional benefit. It gave me a sense of calm, inner peace and focus, particularly upon losing my brother unexpectedly the day before my daughter was born. The practice gave me peace, time to think and space where I could listen to my body and soul.
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Yesterday I chaperoned my daughter’s field trip to Colvin Run Mill, ‘the sole surviving operational 19th-century water-powered mill in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area… and a nationally significant example of automated technologies pioneered in milling and later adopted across American industry. ’
One of the most interesting (and enlightening) activities of the trip was a guessing game where the Colvin Run historians showed our group of 3rd graders common items used by the pioneers, and asked them, ‘what do you think these were used for?’ Here’s a handful of the items we looked at along with the kids’ guesses.
Carpet swatter? Snow shoe!
Boot jack? Airplane!
Old-timey curling iron? Scissors!
Washboard? Game board!
Clothes washer? Plunger!
You get the idea.
Granted, many adults might not guess correctly either. (Even I got stumped on a few.) However, the activity reminded me of the ingenuity, practical...
But, did you know that taking a walk also improves your mood, sharpens your memory and helps you have a good, peaceful and re-energizing sleep? There are so many ways that a simple walk affects your brain and mental health!
We also like using walking as a way to unplug, and especially love it because it stimulates our connection with the world around us. Most importantly, nature.
How Does It Work?
Think about it in terms of your 5 Senses: Taste, Touch, Smell, Hearing and Sight.
Taste. ‘Consume’ the great outdoors simply by breathing in the fresh, clean air.
Touch. Every step you take connects you physically with the earth under your feet. If you’re hiking, or on a nature trail, take a moment to touch a flower or a tree, or stop for a moment to feel the sun on your face.
Smell. Have you ever walked on the beach and been invigorated by the salty sea air? Wherever you...